Utah Jazz Draft Profile: Kyle Anderson – UCLA

Photo Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP
Photo Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson is very hard to scout, as he is very unique.  Scouts are all over the map with him.  They either love him, or hate him.  He is the definition of a point-forward averaging 6.5 assists per game with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.09.  His passing ability allows for the UCLA offense to do many things, including posting Anderson up with all the shooters ready for him to kick out to them for the three.  Kyle is a very unselfish player.  He is one of the best passers in this draft.

Offensively Kyle has made huge strides this year.  He has increased his FG% from 41.6% in his freshman year to 48.0%.  He has incredibly raised his 3-point% from 21.1% to 48.3% while taking 0.5 more threes per game.  That improvement shows a massive motor.  He clearly spent time on his shooting stroke.  In college he could shoot over defenders because of his length, but that may change against longer NBA defenders.  Kyle is a crafty player and knows how to box out and get a rebound.  He is averaging a very impressive 8.8 rebounds per game!  His 7’-2” wingspan contributes to his great rebounding abilities.

Where Anderson gets criticism is his athleticism.  Some scouts are worried he may not be a good enough of an athlete to compete every day in the NBA.  Watching his UCLA footage he seems a step slower than the other wing players.  I believe this all comes down to his position.  What position does he play?  Last measured at 6’8 ½, Kyle is a tweener.  If he measures in at the combine as 6’9” then he can play the PF position and the gap between his athleticism will not be as great.  If he is a SF, his speed could be a real issue he will have to overcome.

The scouts that love Anderson see some Magic Johnson in him.  It is dangerous to ever compare a player to an all-time great though, so this is a high risk, high reward prospect.  Currently he is ESPN’s 21st ranked prospect.  At that point in the draft, it is simply a crap shoot to find someone who can contribute meaningful minutes for your team.  I believe that Anderson can contribute at some level, and if he falls in to our second 1st round pick, he could be scooped up by the Jazz.

Check Kyle out in this highlight video in his best game of the year.  He racked up 22 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds against Colorado.

My Comparison – Poor Man’s Magic Johnson / Boris Diaw


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